Most of us try to avoid the only and ultimate truth - Death. But still questions like How will I die and when? What is my life span? How long will i live? Can astrology predict death? All these come to our mind from time to time. However, thoughts regarding time, cause and circumstances of death is one thing and really knowing all these is a completely different thing. It will not matter much if one 'knows' that he is going to die in certain way and at a certain time after say 20 years, but as the fateful time nears, things can change completely. His psychological, emotional and mental balance can be destroyed and it is a kind of death before the actual death arrives. We really do not want this to happen to anyone.
Vedic Astrologers starts their work on horoscope analysis and future prediction by checking the life span or longevity of the person first, because what is the use of predicting events related to career, marriage, wealth, relationship and fame if there is no longevity beyond few years. All the results will only fructify if the native is blessed with longevity. If his or her lifespan is not much then there is no use making prediction for years ahead.
In Vedic astrology the subject of longevity has been exhaustively dealt in a very detailed manner. To start with, the life of a person is broadly classified Balarishta Yoga, Madhyarishta Yoga, Yogaristha Madhyayu Yoga, Deerghayu Yoga and Purnayu Yoga or Amithayu. For finding out this there are various combinations or yogas for each category of life length which have been mentioned in ancient Vedic Astrology texts and have stood the test of time.
Balarishta Yoga or the astrological combinations for child mortality or infantile death - This indicates that the child is vulnerable to an early death before 8 years.
Madhyarishta Yoga or the astrological combinations for teenage age death - This indicates that the death will occur before 19 years.
Yogaristha (Yogaja Ayu) Yoga also know as Alpayu Yoga or the astrological combinations for death in prime age - This indicates that the death will occur before 32 years of age.
Madhyayu Yoga or the astrological combinations for death during mid life - This indicates that the death will occur before 64 years.
Deerghayu Yoga or the astrological combinations for death during old age - This indicates that the death will occur before 84 years.
Purnayu Yoga or Amithayu or the astrological combinations for full lifespan - This indicates that the death will occur after 100 years.
However, for example if Yogaristha (Yogaja Ayu) Yoga is present in any horoscope, the astrologer should not blindly predict that death will be before 19 years of age. This is because there can be Bhanga Yogas present which means the cancellation of effect (Bhanga means cancellation) of certain types of malefic Yogas. Only after thoroughly judging a horoscope, the astrologer should proceed to predict death as it is the single most important prediction.
Planets who are the lords of the 2nd and 7th houses in any horoscope are known as Maraka or death inflicting planets. Apart for this there is Bhadhak planet or the life obstructing planet which is different for movable fixed and common signs.
For Movable signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, the 11th house lord is the Bhadhak or the life obstructing planet.
For Fixed signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, the 9th house lord is the Bhadhak or the life obstructing planet.
For Common signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, the 7th house lord is the Bhadhak or the life obstructing planet.
These Maraka and Bhadhak planets combined bring about death of a person in their periods or sub periods and malefic transits also have to occur simultaneously.
The nature, cause and type of death is derived from the 8th house, its lord, aspects it receives from other planet and planets placed in the 8th house. Type of death here means by natural causes during old age, disease, accident, murder, suicide etc. And the cause of death means if the death is due to disease then which disease - heart attack, kidney failure, cerebral stroke etc., if the death is due to accident then what kind of accident - car, drowning, fall, air crash etc.
Written by Sanjay Sharma, © 2011, revised August 2013
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